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Draft Budget 2014-15, 11/09/13 [S]

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney, has set out the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2014-15 and indicative spending plans for 2015-16.

He said this budget will:

  • Fully fund 125 additional hours of early learning and childcare to a total of over £190 million
  • Provide £24m for a National Performance Centre for Sport
  • Invest £522m in colleges next year rising to £526m in 2015-16
  • Provide at least £68m in each of the next two years to mitigate the impact of UK welfare cuts and a further £20m this financial year to limit the impact of the bedroom tax
  • Maintain a council tax freeze across Scotland
  • Continue the social wage commitments including free prescriptions, concessionary travel and free personal care
  • Continued support for the three Change Funds (including the Early Years Change Fund), driving a shift to more preventative approaches
  • Provide £120m funding in 2015-16 to assist health and social care integration

For full details see the Scottish Parliament and Government websites.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 11 September 2013

Scottish Government news release

Scottish Budget Draft Budget 2014-15

Equality Statement Scottish Draft Budget 2014-2015

SPICe Briefing

Draft Budget Infographic

Investing in Nursery news release